Pedestrians make up 40% of road deaths - AA

The Automobile Association says South Africa is above the global average of road deaths, and pedestrians make up a large number of these fatalities.

Xolani Gwala spoke to the AA's Layton Beard on the statistics and the primary causes for South Africa's high numbers.

The global average for hundreds and thousands of people that die is around 15.6 per hundred thousand, in South Africa it is around 25.6.

Layton Beard, spokesperson

Around 40% of the deaths on our roads are pedestrians.

Layton Beard, spokesperson

He says the reason for these incidents are two-fold and can range from badly lit roads to motorists who are not focused.

Motorists are not focusing enough on the roads. Maybe travelling at times when they are fatigued and are not seeing the pedestrians. At other times, pedestrians are not making themselves seen...we also find pedestrians crossing over roads they should not be crossing over.

Layton Beard, spokesperson

READ: Technobyte: Smartphones may be behind the huge hike in pedestrian fatalities

This week the AA launched it's visibility campaign, to equip pedestrians.

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